Historic California Packing Houses, Packing Sheds and
Other Industrial Structures

Central and Northern California

Copyright 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 by James E. Lancaster, Ph.D.

Contributing Photographers:
Paul Ayers, Bob Chaparro, Gene Deimling, Keith Jordan, Jim Lancaster, Gene Martin, Bill Messecar,
Cliff Prather, Carl Rodolf, Randy Sunada, John Signor and
Joseph Stearns.

Web Page Created June 2, 2004
Last Updated August 24, 2011


The images are divided into groups with each group on its own web page. Click on the header to open the page (except for the Eastside Lines pages which are not yet available).  

Withe the exception of the Eastside Lines, the image locations are listed south to north geographically within each group. When pages or photos are added the date will be shown. 

Bakersfield to Stockton on the Southern Pacific

  • Famoso 
  • Selma 
  • Fowler  
  • Mendota 
  • Firebaugh
  • Atwater  
  • Turlock
  • Weedpatch  

Bakersfield to Stockton on the Santa Fe

  • Shafter
  • Wasco
  • Pond
  • Hanford
  • Fresno
  • Merced
  • Riverbank

North of Stockton

  • Acampo 
  • Lodi 
  • Loomis

Miscelaneous Locations

  • Santa Maria
  • Santa Rosa
Eastside Lines: Southern Pacific, Santa Fe and Visalia Electric  
  • Passenger and Freight Operations
  • Orange Groves 
  • Joint Southern Pacific-Santa Fe Exeter Branch from Calico to Ducor 
  • Joint Southern Pacific-Santa Fe Richgrove Branch from Richgrove to Jovista 
  • Southern Pacific Exeter Branch from Terra Bella to Locans
  • Santa Fe Porterville-Orosi District from Ducor to Orange Cove
  • Santa Fe Visalia District from Visalia to Lone Star 
  • Visalia Electric 

Visit the companion packing house web sites:

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Other Photos and Related Resources

Ken Hairstine has photos of packing houses from Winters, CA and the Victorville portion of Lodi, CA. The reuse of any of Ken's images for non-commercial use is subject to the conditions described by the Creative Commons License.

You can search for historic buildings on the Library of Congress HABS/HAER web site by visiting the Home Page.

If you have any comments or questions please feel free to contact me at ljames1at (i.e., @) ix.netcom.com (no spaces).